LATEST: Councils’ are ‘doing too little’ to tackle rogue landlords, says NRLA

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LATEST: Councils’ are ‘doing too little’ to tackle rogue landlords, says NRLA

Criminal and rogue landlords are very unlikely to be fined over their activities with just 3,500 penalties issued by local authorities since 2018, it has been revealed.

This is despite ministerial claims that there are 10,500 such landlords in operation, says the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).

“Our findings show that most councils are failing to use all the tools available to them to tackle rogue and criminal landlords,” says Chris Norris (pictured), Director of Policy and Campaigns at the NRLA.

“By failing to apply appropriate sanctions to punish wrongdoing, councils are weakening the principle of deterrence which underpins the civil penalties regime.

“We are calling on all councils to ensure they are making full and proper use of the powers they have to tackle those landlords who cause misery to tenants and bring the sector into disrepute.

“The Government’s plans to reform the private rented sector due later this year will mean nothing if changes are not properly enforced.”

FOI requests

The quizzed local authorities across the UK via multiple Freedom of Information requests and found that very few had issued civil penalties against errant landlords, which can reach £30,000 under current rules brought in three years ago.

It also found that over half of authorities had not issued any civil penalties since these regulations were introduced.

Of those that did, most had issued only a handful with 71 per cent of all civil penalties being generated by just seven per cent of local authorities. And 40 per cent of councils that had issued civil penalties issued between just one and five penalties.

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INTERVEW: Meet the landlord who’s built an ‘Airbnb for long-term lets’

If anyone was likely to build a renting platform for landlords and tenants then it should be ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - INTERVEW: Meet the landlord who’s built an ‘Airbnb for long-term lets’ | LandlordZONE.

INTERVEW: Meet the landlord who’s built an ‘Airbnb for long-term lets’

If anyone was likely to build a renting platform for landlords and tenants then it should be Toks Adebiyi, who has observed rental property from every angle.

The 38-year-old is a landlord but has also been a tenant, run a property investment group with 1,000 members, established his own estate agency and trained as a letting agent.

But it took one of his tenants ringing him while he was on holiday to set him on a path to what would become Clooper.

“I had been managing my properties via pretty crude methods of paper and maybe some Excel spreadsheets and I had always meant to try and build a digital solution,” he says. 

Better way?

“But it took a tenant phoning me on holiday requesting that something be fixed that was the final straw – surely there had to be a better way, I asked myself.”

Clooper has been in development for several years and he describes it as an Airbnb for the long-lets market rather than another landlord platform or an online estate agent.

“We are building a social platform that is home-centric and enables our users to be better landlords,” he says.
One key element of the platform is that landlords can, if they are busy or on holiday, enable tenants to get quotes to have issues fixed – the landlord then signs off the best quote.

The platform launched in earnest during March this year and in June raised £400,000 in seed funding from over 300 investors on website Crowdcube.

Empire Property

This included a major contribution from Paul Rothwell, the MD of commercial-to-resi developer and landlord .

“has been built to serve the smaller landlords who will never use an agent because they prefer to manage their properties themselves, which is around 60% of the market,” he says.

“I like to think they are people who want to do it themselves but do it properly – and we already have many landlords using us who like that.”

Adebiyi says a more advanced version of the platform called Clooper PRO is waiting in the wings that will be for larger landlords and letting agents too.


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